The Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) in collaboration with the Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW) and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), the city's health department, is applying for funds to support a training program for public health faculty. The major goals of the program are to: 1) develop faculty with expertise in state of the art prevention strategies and theft application to public health teaching and practice, 2) educate students to integrate ATOD prevention into public health practice and policy, 3) strengthen linkages between the BUSPH, BUSSW and the BPHC and its community public health programs and service providers working with populations affected by ATOD, and 4) influence the profession by bringing ATOD prevention into mainstream public health practice. Leadership will be provided by PI Hortensia Amaro, Ph.D., Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the BUSPH, and Co-P1 Maryann Amodeo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Practice at the BUSSW. Drs. Arnaro and Amodeo have over 40 years of combined experience in substance abuse research, program development, evaluation, faculty training and curriculum development.
This partnership between the BUSPH and the BUSSW will enhance cross-discipline training and collaboration within the university, within the city of Boston's public health programs, and within schools of public health regionally and nationally.
The program will enhance the ATOD prevention expertise of a core of 4 academically based public health faculty members with varied backgrounds in ATOD prevention, policy and practice. It will integrate faculty into the community of public health practitioners in the BPHC programs and the diverse neighborhoods served by them. The curriculum for training faculty will focus on the fellows as a group and as individuals including: a) bi-weekly seminars, b) an intensive summer institute of national scope, c) individual community-based projects developed by faculty in BPHC programs, and d) a curriculum integration project undertaken by fellows as a group to increase ATOD prevention focus in the school's graduate public heath courses and field placements. Through an Intensive Summer Institute to be conducted in Year 3, 20 faculty from other schools of public health, 10 faculty from the BUSPH, and 10 staff from the BPHC will receive training on the integration of substance abuse prevention into the curriculum and public health practice. Based on its 8 year experience in directing two previous CSAP funded FDPs, the BUSSW will provide resources such as teaching and evaluation tools, faculty consultation and teaching time, and emphasize the strategies used for successful curriculum, institution, community, and profession-change. Evaluation of the program will be conducted by Dr. Jael Caspi of Health and Addictions Research, Inc., the research firm that evaluated the CSAP-funded BUMED's FDP, 1990-1995. The evaluation will include: a) a process evaluation of the project's implementation, and b) an outcome evaluation of the project's major goals.